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YOUNG DAN TUCKER [1]. American, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Ira Ford prints this annecdote regarding the tune in his Traditional Music in America (1940):

Many years ago the writer, with a party of friends, attended a dance in the hills of the Missouri Ozarks. While hitching the team to a fence there came from the house the strains of an exceedingly vivacious dance tune. As the caller shouted the calls, it was easy to tell by the sounds of the lively shuffling of feet that the dancers were 'stepping' to the music of one of their favorite tunes. The fiddlers, two brothers, were accompanied by a bass viol and a guitar. The fiddlers seemed to be playing different tunes, which blended with extraordinary effect. We recognized one as 'Old Dan Tucker'. Later, while talking to the fiddlers, we learned that the brothers had created the lead tune some twenty years before, naming it 'Young Dan Tucker'."

"Young Dan Tucker" is one of the tunes for the children's song "Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (went to bed with their breeches on)," a parody of the Black Paternoster [1] [Roud 1710], is quite similar to Ford's tune.

A cross-tuned piece (AEac#) under this title is in the repertoire of West Virginia fiddler Melvin Wine but is no relation to Ford's tune.


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Ford (Traditional Music in America), 1940; p. 55.






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